Wyoming Supreme Court Decisions

The Wyoming Supreme Court supervises the operations of lower courts in the state, and it holds general jurisdiction to review appeals in both civil and criminal cases. It may issue any writs that may be necessary to fulfill its appellate function, such as writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, and certiorari. Its original jurisdiction extends only to habeas corpus cases and certain cases involving mandamus and quo warranto writs as applied to state officers. Five justices serve on the Supreme Court, and they serve terms of eight years.

To qualify to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court, a candidate must meet the requirements in Article 5 of the Wyoming Constitution. This means that they must be a U.S. citizen and must have been a Wyoming resident for at least three years. A candidate may not be younger than 30, and Wyoming imposes a mandatory retirement age of 70. A candidate must have at least nine years of legal experience.

While Wyoming initially elected justices to the Supreme Court, the state changed the selection process to an assisted appointment method in 1972. This means that the Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission controls the process. The Commission usually consists of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, three active members of the Wyoming State Bar, and three non-attorneys who are appointed by the Governor of Wyoming. Once a justice has been selected, they will need to win a retention election every eight years to stay on the Court. The justices of the Court select the Chief Justice, who holds that position for four years.

Browse Opinions From the Wyoming Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Wyoming Supreme Court
Varela v. Goshen County Fairgrounds
Date: September 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 124
Docket Number: S-20-0024
Brown v. Jerding  
Date: September 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 123
Docket Number: S-20-0032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting Mother's Wyo. R. Civ. P. 59 motion to alter or amend the judgment requiring that the parties' child name not be changed after the court previously gr...

Davis v. State  
Date: September 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 122
Docket Number: S-20-0020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant, after a remand, to an aggregate sentence of twelve to fifty years for aggravated robbery, to be served consecutively to a previously imp...

Niland v. State, ex rel. Department of Family Services  
Date: September 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 121
Docket Number: S-20-0030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court terminating Appellant's parental rights, holding that the district court violated Appellant's due process rights when it determined the best interests of the...

Jenkins v. Jenkins  
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 120
Docket Number: S-20-0037

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part the judgment of the district court finding Bradley Jenkins in contempt for failing to follow the terms of its stipulated divorce decree and remanded for the district court to clarify it...

Dockter v. Lozano  
Date: September 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 119
Docket Number: S-20-0028

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court dismissing with prejudice Plaintiff's legal malpractice suit against the Office of the State Public Defender, the State Public Defender, and the individual pu...

Woods v. State  
Date: September 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 118
Docket Number: S-19-0279

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Defendant's appeal from the district court's dismissal of his pro se "Petition for Exoneration Based on Factual Innocence," holding that Defendant did not properly invoke the Supreme Court's j...

TE v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: September 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 117
Docket Number: S-20-0006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying TE's petition to establish paternity of AE on the grounds that TE had not timely filed his petition and remanded for an order adjudicating TE as AE's...

Jackson v. Montoya  
Date: September 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 116
Docket Number: S-20-0008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court concluding that the Successor Trustee of The Phillip G. Jackson Family Revocable Trust lacked authority to sell real property held by the Trust for the care,...

Johnson County Ranch Improvement #1, LLC v. Goddard  
Date: September 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 115
Docket Number: S-19-0251

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the district court's final judgment incorporating the jury's special verdict in favor of the Goddards and rendering judgment in favor of Sand Creek Ranch Preservation Association, Inc....

Gas Sensing Technology Corp. v. New Horizon Ventures Pty Ltd  
Date: August 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 114
Docket Number: S-19-0277

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing a corporation's (the Corporation) counterclaims after it was sued by two trusts (the Trusts), holding that the district court erred by dismissing t...

S&T Bank v. Groskop  
Date: August 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 113
Docket Numbers: S-19-0255, S-19-0254

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint brought by Black Diamond Energy and Black Diamond Energy of Delaware (together, the BDE Companies) and seventeen limited partnerships (the Limited Partnerships) the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment o...

Webb v. State, ex rel. Department of Family Services, Child Support Enforcement Division  
Date: August 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 111
Docket Number: S-20-0031

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Clint Webb's motion to modify a child support order, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. Pursuant to a divorce decree, the...

Dewayne Ray Farthing v. The State of Wyoming
Date: August 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 112
Docket Number: S-20-0101
Lewis v. State  
Date: August 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 WY 110
Docket Numbers: S-20-0025, S-18-0258

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of aggravated assault and battery and mandatory life sentence, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion for a new trial based on ineffect...

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